Hello harpists, I seek your advice!
I am in my mid-sixties and have never owned, let alone played, a harp.
I did, however, study music and have played many different instruments.
So, where do I begin?
What sort of harp and how many strings?
These are variables which don’t apply to many of my instruments. I can’t see myself applying for an orchestral post in the future, so a full-sized orchestral harp might be largely “wasted”, but it would be annoying to find I can’t play a certain piece because one of the notes isn’t on the instrument.
What I would use it for:
I would like to learn some of the well-known harp repertoire pieces, but would also compose my own arrangements of well-known tunes (as I currently do with other instruments).
How much to spend?
I can’t see the point (as a beginner) of paying 000s for a professional model, but am not going to rush out and waste 200 on something no better than a child’s toy.
What if I don’t like it?
My house is full of instruments – my children have access to all of these, and are welcome to try them. Also, the local school has a harp teacher for the orchestra.
Perhaps somebody can remember being in the same situation in the past?
I look forward to hearing from you and will read all your replies.
BTW, I live in North Germany.